Tom Parker, member of the British-Irish boyband The Wanted, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 33.
Kelsey Hardwick, wife of Parker, shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children. Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you,” she wrote.
Members of The Wanted were devastated about his loss. On Instagram, they wrote:
“Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his bandmates. Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts. Tom Parker 1988-2022.”
NBC News reported that Parker was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma tumor in October 2020.
“We are all absolutely devastated, but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity, and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle, but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this,” wrote Parker in October 2020.
In an interview with OK Magazine, Parker said he had two seizures during the summer of 2020 and was hospitalized, NBC News also reported.